Keilah Tyson Named SEC Women's Freshman of the Week

Jan. 31, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After breaking the University of Kentucky freshman record in the 60-meter dash Sunday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson was named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Racing in the first 60m dash of her collegiate career, Tyson got off the blocks late but still sprinted into the record books with a time of 7.36. Tyson’s time broke former U.S. Olympian and UK great Passion Richardson’s freshman record of 7.39, which had stood since 1994. A four-time All-American at Kentucky, Richardson won a bronze medal in the 2000 summer Olympic games in Sydney as a member of the United States’ 4x100 relay team.

Tyson got off to a strong start in the two-round sprint event by finishing second in the preliminary round with a time of 7.44, which would have ranked fourth in the all-time record books. Tyson showed her true grit in the finals though, tying the third fastest time in program history, and setting a new Kentucky freshman record.

Tyson is tied for the second fastest 60m dash in the SEC, and has the top time among freshmen. Tyson’s 7.36 is also tied for the 10th fastest time in the country.

A standout from Western Branch High School in Norfolk, Va., Tyson was a state champion in the 55-meter dash as a sophomore and senior.

The Kentucky men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete again Friday and Saturday at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational. It will be the Wildcats’ first meet away from the Nutter Field House this season.

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